March 13th, 2018
It’s hard not to feel a little pep in your step when spring comes around. You feel healthier, more awake, and generally happier than you’ve felt for months. It’s great to have old man winter off your back. With this renewed sense of wellness comes a desire to be healthier, and we’re here to help. One way to stay healthy is to add a few smoothies to your diet. These delicious treats are simple to prepare and incredibly helpful in ensuring that you’re getting all the fruits and veggies you need. If you’re new to the smoothie game, we’re here to hook you up with the knowledge and recipes you need to jump into this delicious hobby.
The EquipmentAs long as you own a decent blender, you should be able to make all of these smoothies in a cinch. For ease of cleanup and portability, you might want to go a step further and purchase a Nutribullet or Magic Bullet. Both the Nutribullet and the Magic Bullet are blenders specifically designed to extract healthy nutrients while breaking down your food for easy consumption. You can pop a lid on the cup for easy portability, and cleanup is incredibly simple.
The RecipesHalf the fun of making smoothies is discovering new and delicious recipes. Are you in the mood for something that’s balanced and healthy, or do you just want something delicious? You can have it both ways with these amazing recipes.
Cinnamon Squash Pear SmoothieNow that winter is hopefully behind us, we’ll say goodbye by incorporating a little winter squash into our diet. The winter squash is criminally underrated in terms of both taste and culinary usefulness. It’s super healthy for you too, which is why we’re honoring it here. Because this recipe also includes a pear, you’re going to discover it’s flavor to be quite sweet. Ground cinnamon will add a bit of texture and flavor as well. However, if it’s not sweet enough for you, feel free to add a teaspoon of honey.
- ¾ cup of frozen winter squash
- 1 pear
- ¼ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- a splash of cashew or almond milk
- 1 teaspoon of honey (optional)
Blueberry Pineapple SmoothieThis next recipe is super sweet, but it makes up for it by being positively packed with superfruits. Superfruits go above and beyond regular fruits and have a much higher concentration of antioxidants, minerals and vitamins. This recipe includes ice cubes. We recommend using three ice cubes if you’re using fresh fruit. However, if your fruit is already frozen you can use only one, or even none.
- 1 cup pineapple juice
- 2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
- 1 ½ fresh pineapple chunks
- 1 to 4 ice cubes
Peanut Butter Banana BlendThe peanut butter banana blend is perfect after a morning workout. Packed with potassium and protein, it’s just what your body needs to to restore you after your workout and to fuel you until lunch. It’s a way healthier breakfast than bacon and eggs.
- ½ cup of milk
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 tablespoon of natural, unsweetened peanut butter
- ½ cup of plain yogurt
- 2 teaspoons honey
Blueberry Cherry Cheesecake SmoothieNow it’s time for dessert. This smoothie is most definitely not as healthy as the others included here. In fact, it’s down right unhealthy--but it is delicious! New York cheesecake is a favorite of many New Yorkers, so this is the perfect metropolitan dessert. Cheesecake in a sippable form!
- 1 ¼ cup of milk
- 2 cups of fresh or frozen strawberries
- ½ cup fresh or frozen cherries
- ¼ cup of cream cheese
- 1 to 3 ice cubes